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Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Extending dining hall hours is harmful to employees

Chris Harrell

April 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion

We’ve all been there: hungry and tired, facing a closed dining hall. It’s easy to say that the dining halls should close later. But there’s more to the picture than simply keeping the lights on for an extra hour. Every extra minute that we keep the dining halls open is an extra minute’s lab...

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Should Sodexo unionize? No: unionizing decreases pay and doesn’t increase workers’ benefits

Emily Johnston

March 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Unionizing is unnecessary — it is clear Sodexo tries its best to create a stable, happy work environment for employees and a union would only create more problems on campus. First-year Kathryn Jones, who recently quit working at Brennan’s, one of Sodexo’s restaurants on campus, discussed the workfl...

Should Sodexo unionize? Yes: unionizing protects workers’ rights and guarantees local jobs

Should Sodexo unionize? Yes: unionizing protects workers’ rights and guarantees local jobs

Chris Harrell

March 8, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The UVM administration has not been inspiring much confidence in its employees lately. The College of Arts and Sciences is facing a budget cut that is going to lay off 13 percent of non-tenure track professors and lecturers. And by all accounts, they “don’t give a shit” about doing it, accordi...

Dietary issues ignored at UVM

Dietary issues ignored at UVM

Cammy Schiller

October 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Move-in day came along, and I couldn’t wait to get to the dining hall to eat the wonderful food that I had experienced at orientation. But Sodexo won over my love and then completely let me down. The food and the service were not as I had remembered from my first experience. I recieved...

Survivor story of the UVM meal plans

Survivor story of the UVM meal plans

Ariana Arden

October 26, 2016


Filed under Opinion

I’ve been living off-campus this yeahttps://vtcynic.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=34969&action=editr as a junior, which has been both a blessing and a curse. I have to walk further to classes, but I don’t have to listen to my neighbors having sex all the time. I have to pay for my groc...

Real Food priority for new group

Real Food priority for new group

May 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

A new initiative has been created to improve the quality of food at UVM. The Real Food Working Group, a group of students, faculty, staff, administration and University Dining representatives, is tasked with setting Real Food Challenge into action. The Real Food Challenge is a campaign to ...

Food Systems Initiative gets renewed

Food Systems Initiative gets renewed

April 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The UVM Food Systems Initiative is getting revamped after six years. The initiative began in 2010 as a five-year transdisciplinary research initiative and UVM was one of the first universities in the country to have such extensive research on food systems, according to Alison Nihart, Real Food ...

Vermont bill guarantees paid sick leave

March 3, 2016


Filed under News, Vermont

A bill recently passed by Vermont’s state legislature will guarantee paid sick leave for Vermont workers. The law will put in place a required amount of sick time, and forbid employers from preventing or punishing employees from using it, according to the official bill passed by the House and Senate....

Sodexo pockets concession sales

November 18, 2015


Filed under Sports

Concession stands at UVM sporting events have the Sodexo logo synonymous with the food  provider at the University. “They’re the only vendor that is allowed to sell food here, under our contract with them,” associate athletic director Joe Fischer said. Sodexo’s contract with UVM allows the dini...

No differences between UVM dining and Sodexo

November 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Sodexo will be facing big changes in the next five years following feedback from students, staff and faculty.Many students are unaware there is no difference between UVM dining and Sodexo, they said.“We are Sodexo, that’s our company,” said Harris Millis manager Susan Cathrall. “We’re just re...

Sodexo’s progress to be evaluated by team

October 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

A team is being created to evaluate Sodexo’s progress on new goals outlined in the recent contract.Spearheaded by Assistant Dean for Business Operations Dennis DePaul, the Dining Implementation Team will meet monthly to discuss Sodexo’s progress. Members of the team will also work on projects that...

New dining contract released

Courtney Cunningham

October 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Sodexo is operating fewer locations on campus and making room for more local businesses. There have been some big changes in dining options, sustainability initiatives and real food goals at UVM, according to the 2015 dining contract.    A Soyo Frozen Yogurt and a Vermont Bean Crafters Co. were added...

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